Honoring Local Women’s Stories: Storytelling and Oral History Event at the McElroy House

    Growing up in an intergenerational family with my grandmother in the home, family gatherings and daily life were filled with stories about the lives of people who had long since passed on. Likewise, the landscape was marked by these stories. I knew that my grandfather made a home on what is now a
Category: Arkansas

A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
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Kabat-Zinn and the Importance of Caregiving and Intergenerational Connections

  Near the end of the book Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, authors Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn offer a list of twelve different exercises to help caregivers become more present in children’ lives. Here’s number one: “Try to imagine the world from your child’s point of view, purposefully letting go of your
Category: Community Action

Muzzled Oxen Part 4: Malaria and Tornados

  In several past columns I’ve discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler of California and published by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, this memoir tells of Sadler’s time in the bottoms outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas where she and her
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Running Dry: A Creek Discovery

The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats. Click here to learn
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Letter of Mutual Interest #BlackLivesMatter Movement

 Now is the time for white people to stand in support and solidarity with black communities calling for an end to police brutality and profiling. As per the suggestions of Showing Up For Racial Justice, members of Little Rock Collective Liberation have penned a letter expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and an
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Something for the Kids: Simple Salt Dough

  Here’s a little something different for this week’s column. Hope you enjoy it! We all know how commercialized the holiday season has become. And while a focus on materialism saturates our society, I have yet to meet anyone who actually approves of society’s focus on Christmas as a time to engage in massive spending
Category: Family

River Valley Quilters: So Much More Than Sewing.

  This piece was originally published in the December issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Go here to see the original publication.   Quilting is often thought of as a traditional art, but anyone familiar with the craft will tell you that it’s alive and flourishing. Implementing the skills of former generations with modern tools,
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“Ella’s Song”: The Importance of Coming Together as Caregivers

  For as long as I can remember I’ve always been curious about what came before. As a child, I used to go about my days wondering what stories and experiences once occupied the places I called home. The adult version of that same childhood curiosity is what gave birth to this column and much
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Stand With Fast Food Workers

Many people in Arkansas have been hearing about the fast food workers strikes. Some Arkansans stand behind the strikes while others feel the strike requests are too lofty. Others like the idea of a wage increase, but have mixed feelings about calling for 15.00 an hour for fast food workers when many Arkansas workers have
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